BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – A Dal (“The Song”) is a popular national selection format developed by the Hungarian public service broadcaster that serves as a platform for the fifth time in 2016 to select the Hungarian entry for the 61th Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
Since A Dal has been introduced as the Hungarian national selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, it has proved to be not only an extraordinarily successful TV show but also an important new platform to introduce artists, bands and composers to a large and international audience. Apart from selecting the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, the most important aim of A Dal is to encourage artists to create new songs of a high standard and to present these songs to the public.
Apart from the qualifiers of the first heat (Freddie, Benji, Mushu, Egy Másik Zenekar, Reni Tolvai, ByTheWay) another six contestants have qualified for the semi-finals of A Dal 2016 from the second heat of the Hungarian national pre-selection contest.
“Who We Are” by the Kállay Saunders Band (founded by András Kállay-Saunders who reached fifth place in Copenhagen at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest) received the most jury points: 41. Gergő Oláh’s “Győz a jó” and André Vásáry’s “Why” both received 39 points. “Love and Bass” by Laci Gáspár scored 37 points and “Hold On To” by Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi received 36. The sixth qualifier was decided by televoting, and the viewers chose Passed with “Driftin’” to return for the semi-finals. The last heat will be held on Saturday. The ten artists and songs competing for the last six qualifying places are:
A DAL 2016 HEAT 3 PARTICIPANTS & SONGS
B the First – You Told Me That You Loved Me
Bálint Gájer – Speed Bump
Ív – Love Kills Me
Juli Horányi – Come Along
Nika – Emlékkép
Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth – Seven Seas
Parno Graszt – Már nem szédülök
Petruska – Trouble in My Mind
Szilvia Agárdi – It is Love
Viki Singh – Katonák
Every Monday from 10:30 (GMT+1) an artist from the previous heat will appear online for a “Star Chat” on the MR2 – Petőfi Rádió Facebook profile. Viewers and fans are encouraged to send questions to the artist via Facebook comments. The most convenient way of voting is via A Dal 2016 mobile application which is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone in their respective app-stores. Users who already have the previous version should download the latest update. New users will need to complete a one-time registration process before they are able to cast their votes, which they are encouraged to do before the beginning of the live show. The third heat of A Dal 2016 will be broadcast live on 6 February 2016 at 19:40 (GMT+1) on Duna and Duna World and online at www.mediaklikk.hu/adal with Csilla Tatár and Levente Harsányi as hosts.